BRETT WILLIS’s HOTTIE OF THE WEEK – George Michael
January 13th, 2013
Sydney’s Financial Hubs Get An Injection Of Rustic Italian Cuisine
March 20th, 2012
‘JANUS’ is Sydney’s answer to two brand new contemporary CBD bistro’s known for their delectable house made, rustic Italian cuisine and Apertivi cocktails. Located within Sydney’s newest CBD financial hubs, one JANUS venue is located within the lobby of the prestigious and ‘green’ No 1 Bligh Street building with bar located alongside the green wall outside, the other within Darling Quarter underneath the new Commonwealth Bank building.
You can enjoy a wholehearted breakfast, lunch and after work or anytime drinks within these authentic yet contemporary Italian inspired venues. The Michael family own JANUS (ex Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, Chifley Plaza) and they believe in ‘enjoying life to its fullest as you only live once’. This philosophy is evident not only in their delicious food but the uplifting and energetic atmosphere you will experience when visiting these prestigious locations.
JANUS’ stand out pizzas each made of house made ingredients are the creation of Melbourne chef, Kaz Derbas (ex Hugo’s Pizza, pictured above) and his delicious cakes and pastries such as the Italian baked ricotta tart, strawberry celina and everyone’s favourite, Tiramisu, are all made fresh daily in Janus’ on site pastry kitchen. For breakfast you can enjoy simple favourites such as ‘organic five grain porridge’ or an ‘Italian omelette with Persian feta, Tomato Confit & basil’ or for lunch, small plates such as ‘Caprese di Bufala’, ‘Fiori di Zucca’. For something more substantial the ‘Zuppa Di Cozze’ (South Australian mussels in tomato, basil, garlic & white wine broth), ‘Linguine con cozze e Gamberetti’ or the ‘Pappardelle Al Ragu Di Angnello e Pecorino Sardo’ are stand out dishes.
The No 1 Bligh Street building, owned and developed by the DEXUS property group has a huge commitment to sustainability , 1 Bligh has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 Certified rating, the highest Green Star rating score in Sydney/NSW. This rating has achieved the maximum allowable five points for innovation in categories such as environmental design initiative and exceeding Green Star benchmarks. JANUS also contributes to this by operating sustainable practices involving recycling throughout their daily set up.
So whether it’s a 1 meter timber board, Antipasto platter and bottle of Italian vino with friends, coffee and a Tiramisu catch up with your sister or after work Negroni’s with colleagues, JANUS has it covered for a modernistic Italian culinary experience on the fly!
For more information visit www.janus-sydney.com.au, opening hours are Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 7pm.
JANUS Bligh St is located at Retail 1 & 2, 1 Bligh St, Sydney and JANUS Darling Quarter is located at 15/1-25 Harbour St, Sydney.
Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria Grand Opening Launch Party – QVB
October 7th, 2010
A brilliant crowd of 200 turned up to celebrate the grand opening of Bacco QVB on Tuesday night and enjoyed themselves eating all house made Italian delights from the Bacco kitchen, there was a Charcutterie and fresh pasta tables and Bacco’s house made pastries and cakes where plentiful. It would have been impossible to count the trays of delightful food coming out to the guests – there was just so much food and drink, it was like it never stopped!
The night was a celebration of all things Italian with the Songsmiths performing live, Italian Vespas on show in green/red and white plus all the very gorgeous authentic Italian barstaff all dressed by Voi Fashion (Roberto Cavalli). Everyone invited was asked to wear a splash of red, which naturally I did. But who was voted best dressed? Yes – yours truly! My stunning partner Bianca Venuti was subtly capped off with a pretty red rose.
With all the food, drinks, entertainment and great company, it was hard to make everyone leave and the party kicked on till 10pm to celebrate the opening of Bacco’s sister venue, 2nd floor of the QVB building where they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, also serving Italian styled high tea as something a little extra to Bacco’s Chifley Tower venue.
Check out the review on Bacco HERE
BACCO WINE BAR Pasticceria – Now Open In The Beautiful QVB!
October 7th, 2010
Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, known for their delectable home made cakes, pastas, canapé’s and Italian Apertivi cocktails just opened its doors to its second CBD venue located on the second floor of the spectacular Queen Victoria Building. Open 7 days, there’s nothing better then stepping into authentic Italian glamour, enjoying breakfast, lunch or a dinner of house made Italian fare. Maybe you just feel like a glass of wine at the beautiful bar or simply relax and enjoy an Italian Style high tea.
Owner, George Michael, was inspired to create Bacco throughout a trip to Italy. Simplistic yet stylish; Bacco Wine Bar Pasticceria, QVB is on the second floor of the glorious QVB building. Like its sister venue in the Chifley Plaza, Bacco QVB features marble floors and benchtops, polished timber features and the iconic imported Italian grape lights and surrounding triple windows.
Everything is house made, including the pastas, risottos, sauces, cakes and chocolate, not to mention the ingredients used in the upmarket cocktails. The bar menu includes spicy home-made Italian meatballs, cured kingfish with orange spring herbs and pan toasted brioche and a mint sautéed king prawns with crispy vegetables and vanilla scented olive oil.
For dessert, Bacco’s extraordinary pastry Chef, Brendan Dewar produces every cake and pastry on site plus Bacco’s own hot chocolate recipe, made from pure Belgium Calvatore Chocolate. Bacco’s high tea features Italian sandwiches, sweet and savoury petite gateaux served with a fine selection of tea’s or choice or Campari high tea with a Campari cocktail.
Bacco’s creative Italian menu is complimented by a carefully chosen wine list featuring old and new world classic wines well matched to the simple Italian fare at Bacco.
The cocktail list, conceptualized by Bacco’s Italian bar team ranges from a traditional Bellini to the house speciality, Giorgio Il Bello, a true aperitif from Venice, made with Aperol, elderflower and pinot grigio spritzed with homemade lemonade, served in a glass rimmed with handcrafted orange rhubarb dust. Exclusive cocktail making courses are also on offer to learn the secret to making premium Italian cocktails.
Whether it is a Panini at lunch with a colleague, high tea with your mother-in-law or an evening glass of wine at the bar with a shared plate of Italian delicacies, Bacco is an authentic yet modernistic Italian culinary experience, one experience I will remember.
Hours: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, 7 days a week from 8am.
Pros: Perfectly Italian. The food is so fresh, the word fresh can’t even describe it’s freshness. Deliciously authentic. Enthusiastic staff. Well priced. The Ricotta Ravioli is to die for.
Cons: My obesity – I’d eat there every day if I could and finish off every meal with a massive and amazing dessert!
Pricing: Breakfast for $4.50 to $16, Lunch & Dinner $14 – $32, Desserts- $15, Cocktails $15, high tea from $33 – $47.
Final say: I love this place. I’d quite easily become a regular of Bacco!
Check out all the fabulousness that went on at the launch party right HERE!
Who’s Too Funky? George Michael Is Too Funky!
April 6th, 2010
CARTOON TOO FUNKY HOTTIE
Sensational Multi Number One album & single selling solo singer and funky frontman for ’80′s supergroup WHAM! who recently completed his worldwide 114 show tour in Australia… GEORGE MICHAEL!
FUN FACT: George Michael’s final single for his publishing deal with Sony Music before starting legal action to extricate himself from his contract was TOO FUNKY, the music video of which featured supermodels Linda Evangelista, Tyra Banks, Beverly Peele, Estelle Lefébure and Nadja Auermann strutting a fashion show catwalk in outrageous outfit creations by fabulous French designer Thierry Mugler.